Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 87193 60290
387193, 660290


Circa 1840, incorporating earlier fabric, with later additions and alterations; dovecot converted to residential use late 20th century. Remains of near rectangular-plan steading complex to SW of Stoneshiel Hall with 2-storey, rectangular-plan former lectern-type dovecot forming SE corner; single storey with attic, L-plan ancillary structure/store forming NE corner; walls enclosing courtyard to N, E and S; large modern shed set within.

DOVECOT: harl-pointed rubble; cream sandstone dressings. S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: curved corners. Part-glazed modern timber door at ground to outer left; triangular-headed windows in both bays at 1st floor; large rectangular panel centred above. E (SIDE) ELEVATION: original block to left with single window at ground off-set to right. Lower addition to right with modern timber door at ground to left; single window to right; gabled dormer centred above. Modern timber windows; rooflight. Grey slate roof. INTERIOR: not seen 1999.

ANCILLARY STRUCTURE: harl-pointed rubble; cream sandstone dressings. Rubble quoins; long and short surrounds to openings. E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: gable end to right with boarded timber door at ground to left; boarded timber opening centred in gablehead; inscribed panel aligned above. Lower addition to outer left with boarded timber garage door. N (SIDE) ELEVATION: blind. S (SIDE) ELEVATION: irregularly fenestrated range to left; lower, gabled projection to outer right. Various blocked/boarded openings. Grey slate roof (corrugated-iron in part); stone-coped skews; decorative ridge ventilators. INTERIOR: not seen 1999.

COURTYARD WALLS: tall, harl-pointed rubble walls (coped in part) enclosing courtyard to N, E (linking dovecot and ancillary structure) and S.

Statement of Special Interest

Still associated with Stoneshiel Hall (see separate list entry), this is all that remains of the original steading. Although converted to residential use, the retention of the lectern-type dovecot is notable. See Morris & Steedman's conversion of a lectern dovecot, Humbie Parish Church and the conversion of another lectern dovecot at East Morningside House, Edinburgh for comparisons. The panel in the ancillary structure is thought to be inscribed 'WIH IP 18??'.



Blackadder's map, 1797 (site marked 'Stonshield'). Sharp, Greenwood & Fowler's map, 1826 (site marked 'Stoneshiel'). Ordnance Survey map, 1860 (evident). NMRS photographic records.

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